Unreconstructed Confederates are forever trying to rewrite history to take slavery and the black experience out of the Civil War. Nothing will change them — not facts, not reason, not good will. But Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts gave it his best shot on April 15, with a column that ran in the Post and Courier and many other newspapers around the country. The Neo-Confederates are sharpening their knives and pitch forks to respond to Mr. Pitts, but the facts stand and facts are hard things.

Pitts prefaced his column with a quote from Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, The Grey Ghost: “We went to war on account of the thing we quarreled with the North about. I never heard of any other cause of quarrel than slavery. Men fight from sentiment. After the fight is over they invent some fanciful theory on which they imagine that they fought.”

Read Pitts’ entire column at www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100415/OPINION06/4140363/Leonard-Pitts—It-s-fact-that-Civil-War-was-fought-to-preserve-slavery. It’s a keeper.

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